US designates senior Hamas leader as 'global terrorist'

ANI | Updated: Jan 31, 2018 23:57 IST

Washington D.C [USA], Jan 31 (ANI): The United States on Wednesday designated Ismail Haniya, the senior political leader of Hamas, as a "global terrorist", along with two other terrorists, according to media reports.

The US State Department said in a statement, "It has been found that Haniya 'has close links with Hamas' military wing' and 'has been a proponent of armed struggle, including against civilians'."

The State Department said in a statement that Haniya, along with two Islamist groups active in Egypt and one in the Palestinian territories, were listed as specially designated global terrorists.

After United States President Donald Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel">Israel on December 6, Haniya told a rally in Gaza marking the 30th anniversary of Hamas's founding: "We will knock down Trump's decision. No superpower is capable of offering Jerusalem to Israel">Israel, there is no Israel">Israel that it should have a capital named Jerusalem."

The US State Department has accused Hamas of being involved in attacks that have resulted in the death of 17 Americans since the group's founding in 1987.

The Hamas has been designated as a terrorist organisation by Israel">Israel, the US and the United Nations. (ANI)